2nd Round – HRAI Small Grants Awardees: July – August 2009


The Ashtar Center for Journalistic training held its 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th workshops in the Babel and Diwaniyya provinces. The workshops included 20 participants each and trained local journalists on covering human rights issues in the press. Topics covered included: Human rights and journalists’ rights in the Iraqi Constitution, human rights and journalists’ rights in the Iraqi penal code, freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration, and press laws in Iraq.

During the month of July and August, the Mawtini organization for Youth Development broadcast its 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th radio shows on the Diwaniyya radio station. Topics discussed covered various issues including: minorities’ rights in the Iraqi constitution, awareness raising about human rights and detainees’ rights for Iraqi security forces, compulsory education for primary classes, human rights and the environment, and children’s rights. Participants included lawyers, judges, university professors, and representatives for the Diwaniyya human rights office.

During the month of August, the Yazidi Solidarity and Fraternity League held five training workshops in the Mosul province. The workshops were attended by an average of 25 participants each including police and army officers as well as members of the security forces and representatives from the directorates of emergency regiment. The workshop discussed proper practice and conduct with the detainees and prisoners and the arrested including international conventions on human rights and detainees’ rights.

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